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PostPosted: Wed Sep 10, 2008 2:27 pm    Post subject: From the sublime to the ridiculous Reply with quote

Had to tell you about what I've just seen at my local Shell ...

... two bilkes filling up.

But before you wonder why I am bothering with such earth shattering news, let me tell you about the bikes.

Bike 1 - a Suzuki Hayabusa, but not just any one. This one had twin turbos and an extended trailing arm to lengthen the wheelbase (to stop it pulling wheelies at 150mph Exclamation ) and delivers 250bhp at the wheel with the turbos switched off and 448bhp when the "mad" switch is used (which he hasn't yet used on the road). The owner is planning to strengthen the bottom end of the engine and the con rods to get 500bhp from it Twisted Evil Twisted Evil Twisted Evil

Bike 2 - a Harley Davidson 883, but once again, not just any one. This one had been slightly modified too, with a diesel pressure washer engine delivering 150mpg Exclamation Mind you, the vibrations from the engine meant that the owner had to modify the handles by fitting stainless exhaust tips - "the ones those boy racers add to their Saxo's" to quote the owner - with foam insulation inside and fitted over the standard handle grips.

Now, I'm not really a bike fan and have never chosen to ride a bike - probably because I'll kill myself on one - but these two bikes really stood out. Lovely bikes and great owners - we managed to cause uproar from the waiting customers as we continued to chat and swap stories whilst hogging the pumps (excuse the pun).

But I don't care Twisted Evil

What a fun half hour on an otherwise dull and gloomy Wednesday Very Happy Just a shame I didn't have a camera with me - but hopefully my descriptions have done the bikes justice.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 11, 2008 3:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes indeed, Charles. About a year or so I had my mid-life crsis as I wanted to pass the bike test and got myself a Harley. Then travelled around the world with it. But after a few months later I cancelled the idea as I don't like my fatty body to wrapped around a piece of metal. Instead I like the armour to protect my fat body and stick with what I have at the moment.
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